Terwilleger Chatter News

CHATTER groups are for children and teens to help them develop social communication skills, and provide them with opportunities to make friends in the community. Many children registered in this group are diagnosed with autism, however, a specific diagnosis is not required to enter. CHATTER is held at the Terwilliger Recreation Centre on Thursday evenings. Trained peers join the program to help mentor a CHATTER registrant who is learning how to communicate, socialize, and develop relationships. At least one parent or grandparent must attend the program to meet the Speech-Language Pathologist and learn about the goals targeted each week.

Ongoing parent training is provided simultaneously as children attend each session.  Parents meet in a separate room to learn how to target specific skills at home. We are thankful to the young peers (the "friends") who attend every week and make this program a successful learning experience for the CHATTER kids. CHATTER friends participate in role plays and generalization activities, and build relationships with the registrants.  The friends are eager to learn about children with social pragmatic disorders, and have made a significant impact on the quality of life and confidence of CHATTER kids.  New families are welcome to observe a session. Please contact us in advance to let us know if you would like to set up an observation.   

CHATTER groups are scheduled each Thursday evening from September 14 until November 30, 2017. Summary reports provided on Dec. 7th.

5:00-6:00 Group A and B for younger children -  Multipurpose rooms 4 and 5
6:00-7:00 Group C and D for elementary children -  Multipurpose rooms 4 and 5
7:00-8:00 Group E for teens from age 14 to 18 &  CHATTER maintenance - Multipurpose room 4 and 5

Chatter Maintenance is for children who no longer require ongoing programming from a speech language pathologist. They continue to meet CHATTER friends each week, and a speech language assistant facilitates the group and continues to target previously learned skills.